With Taylor Swift romance, Travis Kelce's 'wholesome' charm gets the Swiftie spotlight

Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

Taylor Swift fans looking to find dirt on Travis Kelce online — or in his recent Wall Street Journal interview — were gravely disappointed this week. Instead, they might have just unearthed the biggest Swiftie of them all.

In their latest efforts to familiarize themselves with the Kansas City Chiefs tight end, Swifties revisited Kelce’s tweets dating as far back as September 2009, when he was a student at the University of Cincinnati.

The through-line? Kelce is a big patron of restaurant chains. And spelling errors won’t stop him from sharing that on social media.

“I need more Travis Kelce old tweets. They’re just so wholesome and funny,” posted X user @TravyTaylor89. “I get it now why Taylor loves him.”

Split:left, Jason Kelce in green Eagles uniform; center, Taylor Swift in a black dress; right, Travis Kelce in Chiefs uniform

“I don’t really care about Taylor swift and Travis kelce but his old tweets honestly have me 110% on board,” wrote “Trayvis” (“Taylor” + “Travis”) convert @dargonaire.


The 34-year-old Super Bowl champ first sparked dating rumors with Swift, also 34, in September. After she played at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium during her Eras tour in July, Kelce invited the Grammy-winning singer back to the Chiefs’ house to watch a Sept. 24 game against the Chicago Bears. What followed were more game appearances, public outings, hand-holding and backstage smooching.

However, before Kelce rose to NFL fame and became Swift’s latest lover, he was just a college student trying to survive his classes. “Sooo this teacher tried to call on me in class like i wasnt paying attention, well i was and i didnt fold under preasure, DUB,” he tweeted on Nov. 9, 2009.

“Too hype I just got this C on my exam without even studying... just using common knowledge!! s/o to Papa Kelce for the gene’s,” he posted on Oct. 24, 2011.

Instead of finding problematic posts or memes, Swifties found tweets displaying Kelce’s love for the MGMT song “Electric Feel,” appreciation for animals — including one enthusiastic “squirle” — and his loyalty to IHOP, Taco Bell and post-therapy “#chipolte.” Kelce’s past tweets also document his passion for comedy.


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